…in the face of lagging economies, high unemployment rates, and a political class that is more concerned with its own personal needs rather than that of the people who they have charge over.
Archive for the ‘Tech Evolution’ Category
Biopiracy of indigenous knowledge and genetic resources, violate basic human rights and dignity, compromise healthcare, impede medical and scientific research and are against the welfare of animalsPosted: 2013/12/10 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
A wealthy tech elite that has struggled to handle its newfound power gracefully, especially around politicsPosted: 2013/12/10 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
How rape porn sites hide their contact information. Former ICANN employee testified before Congress: Whois is “substantially fiction”Posted: 2013/12/10 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Cops and Feds Routinely ‘Dump’ Cell Towers to Track Everyone Nearby. Telcos earned tens of millions of dollars processing the dataPosted: 2013/12/10 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Figures provided by the nation’s largest carriers, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and AT&T, and smaller companies, like C-Spire and Cricket, show that the carriers overall got as many as 1.1 million requests for customer cellular data last year. They’ve earned tens of millions of dollars processing the data, the records show.
Developer CEO ‘liable for copyright infringement’ over unlawful tool. Court injunction bans ‘JDownloader2′Posted: 2013/12/10 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Jurisprudence, Litigation, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Dutch Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Allegedly Interfering With Criminal Investigation Into KPMG, Ballast Nedam And Officials From Saudi Arabia. Can We Expect Evidence To Disappear?Posted: 2013/12/09 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, New Business Models, Organized Crime, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Sources tell Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would fear for damage to the diplomatic and economic interests with Saudi Arabia as any criminal investigation would expose the names of those who have received the bribes.
Ballast Nedam allegedly paid 500 million euros worth of bribes to government officials in Saudi Arabia to convince them to call on the services of Ballast Nedam.
Ballast Nedam was able to thwart criminal prosecution – as a company – by paying Dutch authorities 17.5 million euros. Nonetheless, the criminal investigation into the actual individuals involved in the ordeal would proceed. That investigation involves representatives of KPMG, high level officials at Ballast Nedam and also high level government officials in Saudi Arabia.
The newspaper also argues that the investigation resembles the one into the practices of BAE in the UK, where Prime Minister Tony Blair at the time decided to halt the criminal investigation as high level officials in Saudi Arabia threatened to cancel a mega order of 10 billion euros.
KPMG May Have Arranged For Hundreds Of Millions Of Euros Worth Of Bribes On Behalf Of Ballast Nedam
Can’t Fight The Big Baddies? Try The Little Ones! Tasers are being used by police against children as young as 11 almost every dayPosted: 2013/12/08 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Armed officers threatened, targeted or discharged the 50,000-volt weapons against youngsters more than 320 times a year – an 11-fold increase from the first year they were cleared for use against under-18s in 2007.
In the first year of officers being cleared to Taser children, they were used just 29 times in England.
By 2011 – the latest year that figures are available – the total stood at 323. 11 people have died due to being “tasered”, among which a person with a heart condition and a blind person.
Chevron suspends activities in Romania as local anti-fracking activists break into site of U.S. oil companyPosted: 2013/12/08 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
BBC Reporter: Reactors 1, 2, and 3, the reactors that had core meltdowns, are the real long-term problem (Fukushima)Posted: 2013/12/08 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
“Reactor 4 is a little bit of a distraction”
2 minutes and 59 seconds into the interview available here (‘play’ button to appear on top of the page):
In tech, you move fast and break stuff. In government, you try to compromise.